Title: Return of the Departed
Series: Final Fantasy VII
Chapter Rating: M+ (mild Yaoi)
Pairs: Seph x Zack light
AN: Sorry I was on a Rufus kick this chapter >.>;
The red-headed doctor looked at the two new patients as Sephiroth lent against the wall.
She was looking at the results on her clipboard. At Sephiroth's request she reluctantly had restrained Zack's unconscious form to the bed.
Cloud had not stirred, he was alive but in some kind of comatose state.
Sephiroth or part of him wanted Cloud restrained in case the blonde awoke to find him there and reacted before asking any questions. He would never expect the blonde to forgive him, nor would he ask for it. He deserved the hatred.
“Well whatever this guy did to them, both results are completely different from each other. His cells, this alien's they're merging with the remainder of the other foreign cells in Zack's body. But Cloud... whatever it is inside him, it's slowly deteriorating his internal organs. It's like Geostigma if it was a form of internal cancer.” El looked to him. “This is above my expertise. I will admit that. I like that you have faith in me, but I'm not sure-”
“These infections are they organic?” Sephiroth interrupted her.
She stopped looking at the board to turn to him. “Organic in a metallic structure.”
Sephiroth looked thoughtful for a moment before he walked up beside Cloud. “Do what you can to keep him alive.” He glanced to Zack's unconscious form restrained. “Zack would never forgive me if Cloud died.”
She looked from Zack to Cloud then back again. “Are they... you know?”
Sephiroth let out a breath. “Once upon a time I suppose they were, despite the circumstances.”
“To what do I owe this honor Tuesti?” Rufus looked over his steepled fingers at the WRO director.
The other man for once instead of the hideous blue uniform was dressed in a suit, except as if to torment him wore a very colorful tie.
“I'm afraid we got some news regarding Jenova's unfriendly visitor or more or less a very unsettling visual.” Reeve replied.
Rufus frowned, he was annoyed at the creature for killing one of his own, even if she was retired, Reno had said it best when he said 'once a Turk always a Turk'.
“And what news would this be?”
“The alien attempted to kill Cloud this morning.” Reeve replied.
Rufus quirked a blonde brow. “Really now and how did he fair?”
“I've been informed Cloud is now in a coma, where as Zack started to show signs of insanity. Before Sephiroth showed up and took them both away.” Reeve replied.
Rufus shot Reeve a look. “Sephiroth.”
Reeve nodded. “It appears so. Ezekiel knows where Sephiroth took them and he has informed me that he knew of Sephiroth existence since Quinn's death. I was wondering if he ever divulged any of this to you?”
Rufus knew an accusation when he heard it and he shook his head. “I can say in all honesty Tuesti that this is news to me. My own don't normally keep secrets from me.”
Reeve nodded his head slowly. “Sephiroth is currently located in Mideel, in a small medical clinic out that way.” The WRO director paused for a moment. “This leads me to the reason behind this visit Rufus. I would like a favor.”
Rufus nodded. “The use of the ShinRa satellites based over that part of the continent?” He looked at Reeve, the man was even more so predictable in his concern for his friends than he had ever been while working under the ShinRa name. “I will get Elena to give you the access codes.”
“Thank you Rufus.”
Sephiroth stood over Zack waiting for the dark haired fighter to wake up, but he could see the inner battle as Zack remained in a state of unconsciousness. Perhaps it was a wrong move on his part to knock Zack out but the man had started attacking him in a blind fury of rage. Luckily the infection from the alien had not had time to sync with Zack's body to use the full strength of a 1st Class SOLDIER. But the longer Zack remained like this Sephiroth new the more likely the infection or virus would sync with him and that strength of a former 1st Class would be at the alien's disposal.
Part of him wanted to wake Zack, he was restrained, but that could mean nothing if they had properly synced by now.
Sephiroth glanced to Cloud, the blonde seemed feverish and he stared at Zack's friend and the one who had defeated him not once or twice but three times. In the past he would have heard her voice by now telling him to run the comatose blonde through so they could destroy this planet and use it as a vessel to start the galaxy take over.
She had implanted that thought into his head for so long, but now that he was of sane mind, he could not see the logic in it. He understood he was different from the others, he knew he was special. But Quinn's body the mortal weakness had seemed to humble him. He had been ready to continue on with Jenova's goal when he obtained this body, but the vow to protect and watch over the woman Quinn had loved came first, so he had told himself for a few months he would watch the female Turk.
What he hadn't expected was her to be pregnant, with the child from his host body. She had retired from active Turk duty and just carried out her days doing mindless paperwork for ShinRa then returning home to her child a young girl that would grow up fatherless.
Sephiroth paused in the thought of that child. Quinn had forced Jenova out, Clover and Walker had been there close by but protected the only other place her spirit could jump to that held her cells-
“It's not Angel... is it... it's her.”
Sephiroth wondered if Hloskova had figured out that the child he held in his possession was not his beloved Jenova but a normal child. A human child who had one enhanced parent and a former Turk for a mother.
He turned round ready to leave the room. But found himself face to face with Vincent.
“Sephiroth.” Those red eyes were on him narrowed.
“I see Ezekiel gave you this location.”
Vincent looked beyond him to where Cloud lay, then to Zack satisfied they both seemed unharmed he stepped aside.
“I need some air.” Sephiroth stated.
Vincent merely watched him walk past. “And what do you expect this woman to do if Zack were to awaken in his crazed state.”
“I expect her to stay clear.” Came his reply.
Vincent raised a brow. “You save him, to leave him.”
“I need to confirm something. I trust you to watch them.” Sephiroth walked outside before letting his wing out and leaping into the air and taking off in direction of that woman's house.
It made sense to him now. Sylvie, he believed her name to be, the daughter Celeste. Quinn had formerly held one of Jenova's eyes as his own, it would make sense even though he denied his mother's wishes, that the eye made her link for creating a host body stronger. She had used Quinn like she had used Zack hoping either of them would have spread their seed like a disease in order for her to have a new host body. Obviously she had picked the one less under ShinRa and the WRO eye. Zack's child was nothing but a decoy. He knew the child would not live when the alien figured that out.
It would be the final nail in Zack's coffin, to drive the man into complete madness.
It was hard to explain why he was running through ShinRa doors when he had been told to stay at the WRO. But Ezekiel had left early that morning to go and assist this doctor out in Mideel. Zack and Cloud were both out that way and with no body guard he had no choice but to return to what he knew.
The planet had spoken to him the first time ever, normally he would get just Aerith's voice, but the planet spoke using the voice of his dead sister.
He had to go and he had to leave, this second calamity knew what he was descended from.
But it had urged him to pass on a very unusual gift, to hide the ability in a human of non-Cetra descent.
Clover pushed open the door to the president's office without knocking. Rufus was where he normally sat at this hour in the morning.
Dark Nation was curled up in front of the desk.
“I heard the planet!”
Rufus blonde brow quirked up at him. “Did you inform Reeve?”
“I tried to but he was busy and I do not have time sir. That... that thing knows what I am. So I gotta go.”
Rufus frowned. “Where exactly are you going?”
Clover bit his bottom lip. “I have to merge with the planet sir.”
Rufus didn't look impressed. “How do you intend to do that?”
“You don't want to know. But hopefully it won't require impalement or having my spine ripped out of my ass.” Clover replied.
Rufus pinched the bridge of his nose. He didn't need to be told why this guy was one of Reno's favorite working partners.
“Then take Reno and Rude with you.” Rufus stated.
Clover shook his head. “Can't. But I'm going to leave behind a link for you, I just can't tell you who yet.”
“A link to the planet?” Rufus looked at Clover. “Can you do that?”
“I didn't think I could do much, apart from look crazy hearing voices and seeing dead people. But according to Aerith I can.”
The blonde Turk looked ready to bound away in a rush at that moment.
“Who are you going to give it to?”
“Cloud, or Zack I guess, so I'm going to Mideel I can tell Zeik what's happening then vacate the area.” Clover let out a breath. “So gotta go.”
“They're both unconscious Clover.”
“Best time to do it.” The blonde saluted before running out the door.
Rufus pushed the intercom button. “Tseng can you get Elena to ready the car and Tell Reno to get the chopper ready.”
“Sir.” Tseng's voice came through the intercom.
Since the fall of ShinRa, Rufus had kept a count on the people he lost in various missions, from the Turks he had stationed in Wutai during the war to those killed by Geostigma and even long after.
It had irritated him to know he had a Cetra descendant in his ranks. But when he had found that out it had only been a matter of weeks after Clover had found out himself.
Rufus' father had hired the blonde under the guise that the kid was an excellent sniper. Turned out he was a much better hacker than he was at firing a gun. Another secret his father had kept from him, they just kept popping up everywhere. Regardless the kid knew mechanics. If Reeve's report on this alien being mechanical, Clover was what they needed to figure out how to hack this alien's data base and find a weakness to shut it down.
If Clover was going to run because it knew of him, then perhaps the real reason was it knew what he could do as a hacker and as a Cetra, even if he had only ten percent left of the Cetra bloodline in him.
Clover couldn't do anything fancy like Aerith, there was no Holy, no life or healing wind. He was more human, more in tune with technology and alcohol than he was with his ancestors. Rufus hoped it was the technology savvy side of Clover the alien wanted to destroy not the last living ancient. Even if he was trained by Reno giving Rufus twice the headaches, Rufus was not ready to lose another of his Turks to this creature. He needed to put a stop to it before it became personal.
Standing up and moving to the door Rufus looked to the panther sticking it's head up.
“Not this time. Stay here.” He informed his feline friend named after the original Dark Nation Cloud had killed.
The panther gave him a very expressive worried look.
Hloskova landed and he glanced to the child over his shoulder the small boy silent and unconscious to thanks to the virus he had injected into the boy's system.
He was hoping that it would connect him to the essence of Jenova but so far all was silent. All he had managed to pick up was the disconcerting feeling of a race out there. One he had learned from the file hacking that his beloved had wiped out, or thought she had. That meant she saw that race as a threat. He was using the systems of this world to track this being movements, he found it intriguing that the last of this kind would carry so much technology on his person.
But he felt the general direction it was heading and that meant it was in communication with his deceased race of this world.
“This will cease.” He spoke before leaping into the air taking flight.
Ezekiel stood in the room looking at Zack, the raven haired fighter was awake and fighting, thrashing against the binds that held him in place, Ezekiel had only just reinforced the bind to hold a SOLDIER's strength. He was glad he had when he watched.
He had no clue what was going on in the SOLDIER's mind, but he could tell it was painful. He looked to Vincent who stood by.
Vincent looked to the Turk, the dark skinned doctor or scientist was silent as he watched Zack thrash, obviously he was trying to analyze this situation and compare visible symptoms.
But he looked at a loss as much as Vincent was.
The Turk's phone warbled out and he pulled it out seeing the name flash on the screen he flipped it open.
“Clover what's going on?”
Vincent saw the expression and the blue bangs fell over his eyes.
“Are you sure?” The Turk sighed.
“Okay if that's what she wants I'll see you when you get here. Just becareful.” He flipped the phone shut.
Vincent wondered if the Turk would tell him what was going on.
“My friend has a plan. Hopefully what he does will either wake Cloud or calm Zack down.” The Turk spoke.
Clover was on his bike and heading out of Edge and beyond Midgar. But he could feel it, he could hear Aerith's voice as he traveled. He wouldn't make it to Mideel, it was mean of him to give Ezekiel false hope.
The ground in front of him burst skyward in the form of an explosion. Clover knew it Aerith had told him. The Cetra were never really given a break. But the planet had a plan and for it to work he had to pass it on to another. It wanted Cloud as a choice being that Aerith had communicated with Cloud in the past.
He swerved the debris and round them moving onward each time the ground exploded outward and up he managed to move the bike in time, glad that between Reno and Rod he had learned how to effectively NOT get killed while on a bike in the middle of a war zone.
The next hit missed but the debris covered the entire road. It forced him to skid to a halt. His expression frowned and he stepped off the bike. Yanking the fur collared navy blue jacket off he pulled the staff from the compartment. It wasn't a sword but it did the trick in the past, he reached in and pulled out a chain with his other hand and clutched on the end spinning the chain round his hand and clutching his fingers round it.
Clover looked up seeing the metallic golden armored figure drop to the ground.
“Yes hi to you to.” Clover commented.
The being merely glared at him. “My Jenova terminated your kind.”
“Yeah yeah, well she missed a couple obviously.” Clover huffed, he spun the staff round and looked at the alien.
'It'll be alright.' He could hear Aerith's encouragement.
“I hope you're right couz.” He whispered.
For someone who had been able to control his thought pattern and process in the past, he had no control over what his mind seemed to filter through. It was like it was being downloaded from his very mind. Each incident, each movement, each moment of happiness and each moment of complete and utter grief.
Everything was surfacing through his mind's eye. Not bit by bit, but more than that.
It was everything, all in an instant. He was unable to focus, unable to comprehend or control his reactions.
The pain, throbbing through his head, causing him to let out an agonized cry. He was aware somewhere that he was being restrained, but his eyes could not focus as he thrashed against the restraints. He wanted to strike out, he wanted to scream, he wanted to cry, he wanted it gone.
“Zack can you hear me?” The deep voice asked.
He knew it and he was greeted with the image of Vincent in his head, the things Sephiroth had done to this man using his body.
Zack shook his head gasping for air.
“M-make... it... stop.” It was all he could do as if Hloskova was instantly downloading that information.
He felt stupid, like an idiot. Angeal had told him, he had tried to warn him. As if the thought of Angeal alone triggered several more memories, their first meeting, the mentor-ship and then the death. It was more pain, more grief and he never realized how much he had lost until Hloskova was downloading each moment.
“Clover is on his way Zack.” Vincent spoke. “Ezekiel believes he can fix you up.”
“S-Seph...” Zack gasped.
“He left I don't know where he's gone.”
Zack clutched at the restraints hissing as each memory of his interactions with Sephiroth were brought to the surface, from his days in SOLDIER to Sephiroth going mad, to the possession of his body. The mental torment, and even the sexual torment, while Sephiroth's mental form had been trapped in Zack's physical body. All of it he knew it was being downloaded. It was the only way he could describe it, Hloskova treated his mind like it was some kind of streaming download source of information that Zack could not stop.
“The data is being transferred... loading information.” Hloskova's voice was inside his head.
Zack's eyes flew open and for the first time he could focus on something solid. Ezekiel was leaning over him drawing blood. The scientist pulled back.
Zack had heard that voice as clear as back in the day when he had heard Sephiroth in his head along with Jenova.
He shook his head. “Get out of there! GET OUT OF THERE!”
Rufus left Elena and Tseng with the chopper and they were now in a new car following Clover's GPS. The blonde had managed to travel some distance.
“There's a road block ahead sir!” Reno called out from behind the wheel. “I can see Clover's bike. But I can't see him.”
“Remove the block.” Rufus stated.
Rude grabbed the bazooka and wound the window down leaning out it with the oversized weapon before he fired it.
The explosion making a path for the car to pass through.
Rufus saw Clover blink in shock at the car as Reno pulled in front of the blonde.
“Get in!” Reno shouted.
Clover shook his head. “I... can't.”
“Why the fuck not yo?!” Reno shouted.
Rufus caught the sympathetic look, and he saw it, their was some kind of synthetic metal corded round one of the blonde's legs the metal was embedded in to Clover's thigh. The cord lead to the ground and into the depths of concrete underneath the blonde's feet.
“Reno, Rude.” Rufus stated.
The two were out of the vehicle and Reno twirled the EMR round. Rude pulled his gloves on. They moved quickly, as they should have, both headed straight towards the enemy.
Rufus moved up to the blonde and he flicked out a blade and began to cut at the metal cord at the base.
“Sir.” Clover looked at him.
“If you had just waited I could have arranged transport.” Rufus cut through the cord.
He watched as the blonde dropped to his knees suddenly.
“I understand.” He whispered. He looked up at Rufus. “I'm sorry sir.”
Rufus let out an irritated breath. “This will just come out of your next pay check.”
“How about not worrying about the next pay check sir.” Clover stood up slowly.
Rufus felt the hand on his arm then he saw it the smear of red and Clover just smiled. “I'll be back when it's safe, but I can't stay here. I couldn't reach Cloud in time either. So I apologize for what I'm about to do.”
Rufus felt the other hand grab his other arm. There was a sudden flash of green and he felt the jolt go through his body, he fell back landing against the car. He heard Reno's 'oof' as the red head skidding past the car on the ground. Before Rude was slammed into said vehicle.
“Save Angel.” Clover whispered.
Rufus watched as Clover dropped to his knees and his hands clasped together then there was a giant green flash and the blonde was gone, the particles of the lifestream floating where he had been.
Rufus turned round in time to dodge the fist as it embedded into the side of the car. The being looked at him the purple tinted visor flicking up.
Rufus looked beyond the alien to see the child lying unconscious in the middle of the damaged street.
Pulling out his shot gun he pointed it between the beings eyes. Not wavering, not caring for the life of this thing that had taken the life of one of his own.
The bang echoed through the area, the several pellets bursting out through the back of the alien's skull.
Rufus moved past the collapsed heap and up to the child and he crouched down. It wasn't that he really cared for children but this one, was the child of one of his own people. He picked the boy up before looking to the car.
He could see it already the being was reconstructing it's own skull.
He moved quick.
“Reno! Rude! We leave now!” Rufus shouted.
Reno limped towards the car and opened the driver's side. “Heeeey Rude. That's one hell of a dent you made.”
Rude was pulling himself out of the side of the car.
Rufus saw the being suddenly stand up, he could still see through the hole in the head as gears began to digitize out of nothing and reform the skull. He could see Reno turn to look at him and he could see the red head through the giant gaping hole in the alien's head as the pieces began to reform.
“Oh that is fucken gross yo!” Reno shouted.
It dawned on him at that moment that the only way to kill this thing was to blow it to pieces and destroy every single microchip.
“Yeild to me the childe.” The alien spoke mechanically.
Rufus raised a brow. “Why? Have you not realized this child isn't the one you're after.”
The alien frowned. The visor snapped down and a purple streak flashed through the middle of the visor, as if he was accessing data.
Rufus checked the side of the child's neck, there was a pulse... at least, but the boy did not stir, not in the slightest. It was then he noticed the small puncture hole in the child's neck obviously from where the alien had either taken blood or given the child a dose of something.
“Data corroborates that you are positive... Data error, my Jenova was located within the SOLDIER is this not his son?”
“Jenova was housed within many in my company.” Rufus stated. “Who said the first host had to be the sole provider for her new vessel?” He smirked at the alien.
Rufus held the child in one arm the shot gun pointed at Hloskova before he fired another round through the alien's skull.
Sylvie stood at her door as she watched the long silver haired figure fly off, her hand moved to her mouth slowly.
Quinn's body it was now Sephiroth's and she sunk to her knees. He had come to tell her of news he thought she deserved to hear as a mother. Her child the last piece of Quinn was tainted, possibly housing the spirit of Jenova herself.
Standing up she moved into her house and she looked to her daughter the five year old lying on the ground coloring in a paint by colors book.
She crouched by her daughter's side, her hand moving to the girl's soft hair, fingers sifting through the brunette strands.
“Mommy?” Her daughter looked up at her with vivid blue eyes, devoid of evil, the innocence behind them did not scream Jenova to her. But now she had to know she had to prove Sephiroth wrong.
She pulled out her cellphone. “I need to call someone sweetie and we might have to go out for a while, but I'll get you some cake on the way home okay?”
“Okay. Can I bring my book?”
Sylvie smiled. “Of course you can.”
“YAY!” The little girl cheered.
She did not act evil, Sylvie hoped she indeed wasn't.
Sephiroth could not fly fast enough he knew that now. He was trying to head back to Zack. When he felt it. He could feel Angeal near him.
“What is it?” He sighed in irritation.
Then he felt it shown to him where he needed to go without seeing Angeal, he knew his old friend was guiding him.
Sephiroth found himself heading towards Midgar, except he never really made it. He stopped in the air in time to see Zack's child in the arms of the president of ShinRa, Reno and Rude on one side near a damaged car the alien between them.
Sephiroth let out a breath.
“So be it old friend.”
Sephiroth summoned the masumune and he swooped down the blade passing through the armour and he picked the alien up on the blade watching as the hole in it's head finished reconstructing.
The visor flickered as the purple light streamed across the middle as if taking him in.
“Sephiroth.” The mechanical voice spoke.
Even though he was impaled on the end of Sephiroth's blade he did not react like he was injured or near death at all.
Sephiroth glanced to Rufus holding the child. “I would advise you to take the child and go.”
“Quick Rufus get the fuck in the car yo!” Reno shouted.
Rufus moved past Sephiroth his blue eyes narrowed at Sephiroth as he passed.
Sephiroth did not care for the glare behind the blonde's eyes. He did not care for anything ShinRa at all, but if it meant that child would be safe, then that was all that mattered.
If the child was alive and safe then perhaps Zack's crazed fits could be controlled.
“If this is some kind of redemption I believe you are far past your used by date.” Rufus commented from behind Sephiroth now by the car.
Sephiroth raised a brow not even glancing at Rufus as he spoke to him. “Hmph, you are one to talk... President ShinRa.”
The car door slammed, before it pulled off in a squeal of tires. Reno obviously behind the wheel. He drove as crazy as he flew.
Sephiroth flung the alien off the blade and moved quick.
“Cut!” The blade swiftly moving several times through the alien and severing limbs in the process. Jumping up the blade then struck downward in the middle of Hloskova's torso.
“To the promised land.”
The torso was sent out exploding in to parts.
He knew it wasn't enough to finish this alien off. He could feel it, but he had bought Rufus time to escape with the child. For now the child would be safe with them.
“Hmph.” He jumped up into the air and watched as the pieces slowly began to digitize pulling each part back together slowly. The more pieces the longer it would take, that was the point of this attack.
Letting his wing flap for a moment he then took off he had been away from Zack for too long. It was time to wake him up from his nightmare.
Sephiroth arrived back in time to see the scientist Turk staring at a message on his phone, his expression one of shock, perhaps grief was a better emotion. Sephiroth had only really grieved Angeal's loss when his good friend had died. But even he had kept his emotions in check, unlike Zack, but the Turk's expression reminded him of Zack's after Angeal's death.
“Is something wrong?” Vincent asked the Turk.
“He... he's gone. Rufus said that... that thing got to him.”
Vincent looked to Sephiroth. The former turk remained quiet.
“Lets leave them.” Vincent guided the shocked Turk from the room.
Sephiroth moved up to Zack's side the Mako blue eyes looking to him, dazed and he could see the pain.
There was the twitch as Zack gasped.
“Get him out...” It was a low hiss, before he began to thrash against the binds.
The scream of agony followed.
Sephiroth glanced to Cloud, the blonde not even stirring. His hand slapped beside Zack's head.
“I'm trying! I'm trying!” There was a flash of purple behind Zack's eyes.
Sephiroth's hand moved to Zack's face touching it lightly. “You son is safe. He is in the custody of ShinRa.”
The mouth moved and Zack let out a breath, soft and slow, it was relief.
Zack remained still trying to control his body, but he could feel Hloskova there bringing those strange emotions to the surface. It was dizzying. His throat felt sore, his head spun and his eyes hurt. His body was not his own right now. He could feel it, with each memory, the alien's mentality, his memories were becoming buried inside his subconscious as if it was an exchange of digital data.
“He wants you dead.” Zack whispered.
Sephiroth smirked. “I did just slice him up into pieces.”
“Oh. You're really not the step-parent type are you?” Zack quipped.
Sephiroth felt relief with those words, it was a piece of the old Zack the one he knew and remembered. Even if somewhat matured over time. He would always be Zack.
“How do you feel?”
“That I will probably kill you or try to if you untie me.” Zack replied, it was flat out honest. “Well not me me, but my body.”
“He's controlling your body. Interesting.” Sephiroth mused. “You will need to realign your body.”
Zack gave him a flat eyed look. “I can't even feel my freaken pinky move Seph, how the hell do you propose I do that huh?”
Sephiroth's hand moved along Zack's arm slow. “Can you feel that?”
“Then concentrate on it.”
Zack blinked and he let out a breath, he felt Sephiroth's hand move up his arm, the hand moving over his palm, the a single digit tracing around the edges of each of his fingers. Zack felt the shiver hit him and he held in the sudden breath. Sephiroth shot him a look.
“Zack.” The former General warned, scolding him.
“Sorry.” He mumbled embarrassed.
His body was definitely acknowledging Sephiroth's touch and he really wish it wasn't at this stage. He felt guilt at it, even remorse for the love he lost.
Sephiroth raised a brow and Zack could feel the flush on his face as those eyes seemed to stare into his soul.
“Something the matter?”
“Nothing.” Zack squeaked before clearing his throat. “Nothing at all.”
“You let him yield this response with intent, after her death?”
Zack's eyes widened at the sound of the alien's voice in his head.
He felt Sephiroth flick at his forehead.
Sephiroth let out a breath. “What do I have to do to get you to concentrate?”
“Can I get back to you on that?” Zack asked.
Sephiroth's hand slammed by his head and those green eyes glared at him, like they had back in the day, before the whole Nibelheim incident.
It was Sephiroth's 'Shut your mouth and focus glare' not his 'I'm going to destroy everything you love glare'. Luckily Zack had worked with Sephiroth long enough to know the difference.
Zack felt the other hand move over his stomach lower, Zack's breath hitched his face flushed, but he could not tear his eyes away from Sephiroth's face trying to read that poker face. But there wasn't even a smirk, he was dead serious.
Then he felt it the hand on his lower abdomen resting the fingers pushing up his shirt, the bare hand touching his flesh.
Zack felt his mouth open his body shivered in reaction and he shook his head trying to push those thoughts and memories away. He didn't need this not now.
“W-What are you doing?” Zack dropped his voice glancing worriedly towards where Cloud's unconscious form lay in the other bed.
“Keeping your attention here instead of the voice in your head.” Sephiroth stated.
Zack nodded. “Ohhh kay then. It's working.”
Sephiroth huffed. “Of course it is. Because you have a one track mind.”
Zack saw the smirk then and he blew up at his bangs trying to get them out of his face.
Fingers moved along his skin. They grazed downward making Zack's back arch as his breath caught.
“I-It's probably not a good idea-” He was cut off as the mouth moved over his suddenly, the tongue pressing past his lips.
The physical sensation of Sephiroth's real lips over his made his breath catch as he felt the tongue curl round his drawing it out from his mouth to suck on.
Zack responded letting Sephiroth's tongue toy with his. His hands clutched at the restraints. That hand moved downward sliding into his pants and he felt fingers move into his boxers and graze his forming arousal.
“Loathsome creatures you humans are.”
Zack didn't care for the voice anymore, let him see and hear everything, his hips bucking into Sephiroth's hand his lips responding to Sephiroth's kiss with a moan.
It felt so much different in reality. Sephiroth wasn't forcing himself upon Zack he was taking it slow careful.
Those fingers gingerly moving round his length, Zack could only buck with impatience. He hated how guilty he felt for it, he hated thinking about Cissnei's soul suffering poisoned in the lifestream with his parents, but he couldn't stop his body and it's reactions to Sephiroth. Fingers started to stroke him off and Sephiroth's mouth moved down his neck. Zack could only gasp, he glanced to Cloud's unconscious body, his face heating up. His friend's state he hoped Cloud couldn't sense or hear this because Zack would be in for a world of hurt when Cloud woke up.
“D-Damn you Seph...” Zack breathed. “Not right... so not right.”
“Can you think of another way to keep you focused?” Sephiroth asked.
Zack closed his eyes. “It's wrong. Cissnei... Cloud... I-” He was cut off as Sephiroth's free hand placed a finger to his lips.
~*~*~To Be Continued... ~*~*~